Friday, November 30, 2012

Frugal Floozie Friday - Old Town Tavern

Craig recently joined me for dinner at a restaurant that neither of us had been to in ages: Old Town Tavern, today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature. Good ol'-fashioned comfort food just sounded like the right choice that evening, and the cozy, friendly atmosphere at the Old Town was the perfect place to go.

I'd first thought of having a burger, which Craig then ordered and enjoyed thoroughly although it exceeds our mandatory $5 per person budget; it was a platter large enough to share, if we'd felt so inclined. We were very hungry, though, so we decided to each get our own meal.

The burger is made with nearly a half-pound of exceptional ground beef from Knight's Market, plus toppings and a generous side order of thick-cut fries. (Craig couldn't even finish the fries, so I happily snagged a few.) A perfect meal!

As I started to peruse the menu, I heard the gumbo ... no, the Curried Pumpkin Soup (that day's special offering) ... no, the hummus with fresh vegetables ... no, the .... Oh, everything was tugging at my heartstrings!

There was one stand-out, though, that was calling more loudly than any of the others: the chili. Rich, thick, hearty, and with a bit of a kick, it showcased beef, beans, tomatoes, and a nice gooey topping of cheese and green onions. At only $4.50 for a bowl, it was a good value. I also ordered a house salad for a mere $3.95, which brought an entire plateful of greens, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrot shreds, and an exceptional thick, garlicky blue cheese dressing so good that I've even written to the restaurant to see if they might share the recipe with me.

Of course, I still ordered dessert because I'd seen the day's special written on a chalkboard and simply couldn't resist. I had given very serious consideration to ordering the cherry pie as my dinner, but had determined that perhaps some vegetables and protein might make a better meal, with pie as a reward.

Craig is not a huge fan of fruit pies - and especially doesn't worship at the altar of cherry pie, as I do - but this was so exceptional that he happily enjoyed it with me. And because I'm a nice person, I shared with him rather than hoarding it just for myself. But the pie really is good enough that you'll want your own slice. And at $3.95, that's a deal you can't refuse!

The Old Town Tavern has been "a part of downtown Ann Arbor for over 40 years," and takes "pride in serving quality food and drinks at reasonable prices. It’s also important to us to support other Southeast Michigan businesses; we buy local as much as possible. We serve Michigan products like Faygo pop, Better Maid potato chips and four draft selections from Bell’s Brewery. Our sandwiches are made on bread from Ed’s Bread in Saline and Metro Bakery in Detroit. Nearly everything that comes from our kitchen is made from scratch."

And when they say "reasonable prices," they really mean it. The Soup of the Day can be had for $3.50 (cup) or $4.50 (bowl); gumbo costs only $3.35 or $4.35, depending upon the serving size; and chowder, available only on weekends, costs $3.50 or $4.50. Appetizers - from corn chips served with either salsa or guacamole, to sweet potato fries, to hummus served with your choice of pita bread or fresh vegetables - are all within our $5 budget per person. And nachos, found on the late night menu, cost only $4.95. Other appetizers can easily be shared, as can the generous sandwiches (because remember, you must leave room for dessert!).

For comfort food and a comfortable atmosphere, all at great prices, be sure to eat at the Old Town Tavern sometime soon.

I'm hosting a giveaway: go check it out, and maybe you could win a $25 gift card from Whole Foods Market!

Old Town Tavern
122 West Liberty Street
Ann Arbor MI 48104
Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.

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Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

That burger is making me drool. I'll need some ketchup for the fries, too, please!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Okay, Mary, I'm sold! Pick me up at DTW and take me straight to Old Town Tavern! Tell them to set aside a piece of that cherry pie for me.

Debra Hawkins said...

Oh My! I am not a chili person and I after looking at that, it is all I can think about!

Cranberry Morning said...

Okay, Mary, the dinner sounded good, but the pie sounded extraordinary! And here I sit in a motel room in NE Kansas eating M&Ms (totally disgusting, and I don't know what got into me - and would trade it in a minute for that delicious cherry pie!

Your account of perusing the menu reminded me of the old I Love Lucy episode where she kept changing her mind. :-)

Carla from The River said...

Wonderful! Everything sounds wonderful and great photos. Wish I lived closer. :)

Chris said...

That chili looks more like nachos deluxe, which is a very good thing!

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